KEY POINTS

  • Jamie Vardy now holds the record as the oldest player to score a goal in Europa League
  • Leicester City coach credits big win to Vardy
  • AEK manager was in awe of how Leicester City played

English striker Jamie Vardy registered his name in history books as the oldest footballer to ever score a goal in a Europa League game. 

The 33-year-old Sheffield native had a date with destiny on Thursday when Leicester City edged out AEK Athens, 2-1, in a 90-minute thriller.

Vardy took advantage of a penalty shot after goalkeeper Panagiotis Tsintotas fouled him at the 18th-minute mark of the contest.

Hamza Choudhury picked up where Vardy left off and sank in a goal of his on a half volley from a corner right before half time, Sky Sports reported.

Muamer Tankovic managed to get AEK on the scoreboard just four minutes into the second half, but the Foxes denied their efforts to chalk up a deadlock by implementing a tight defensive ploy to keep them at bay for the remainder of the match.

"Given the performance from the guys, there are mixed feelings. It's a bit bitter. In the first half, we were a bit reserved, and in the second we were very decisive,” AEK manager Massimo Carrera admitted, as quoted by BBC .

"In life and in football, you cannot change things and go back in time. We were playing well in the second half so there was no need to change anything."

 Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers did not mince words in commending Vardy, whom he credited for setting the tempo in the first half.

"The guys are having to cope with all the injuries and games and are still churning out great results,” he said. "It was a great win considering all the circumstances and all the players we have missing. They are still producing and doing very well.”

Vardy and the rest of the club will look to continue their hot streak on Monday. They are set to take on Leeds United.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy celebrates his goal at Arsenal Leicester striker Jamie Vardy celebrates his goal at Arsenal Photo: POOL / Catherine Ivill